Henderickx - At the Edge of the World, Empty Mind I, Groove! | RFP RFP011

Henderickx - At the Edge of the World, Empty Mind I, Groove!

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Label: RFP

Cat No: RFP011

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 25th March 2016

Contents

Artists

Piet Van Bockstal (oboe)
Pieterjan Vranckx (percussion)
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Edo de Waart
Martyn Brabbins

Works

Henderickx, Wim

Empty Mind I for oboe and electronics
Groove! for percussion and orchestra
Oboe Concerto 'Empty Mind I' for oboe, orchestra and electronics
Symphony no.1 'At the Edge of the World'

Artists

Piet Van Bockstal (oboe)
Pieterjan Vranckx (percussion)
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Edo de Waart
Martyn Brabbins

About

Wim Henderickx, artist in residence of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, is one of Belgiumís most prolific contemporary composers. He is known for a style that casts its net far beyond Western music. According to Gramophone magazine, this process of creative osmosis does not lead to an eclectic or postmodern style, but rather to a clearly identifiable and internally consistent musical organism, Ďas if he stood back and viewed the world from a great distance, studied its many cultural forms and practices in detail, immersed himself fully in its musical styles and traditions, then carried on much as before.í

Following the successful release of his powerful and impressive orchestral work Tejas (hailed by Gramophone as Ďa veritable Rite of Spring for the 21st century), the Royal Flemish Philharmonic is proud to present a new double album with more orchestral music by Henderickx. The subtitle of his Symphony No.1, At the Edge of the World (2011), is inspired by a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, and is in itself a five-movement reflection on space and sound. This new recording goes along with the percussion concerto Groove! (2012), which dynamically confronts percussive and orchestral forces, and the two alternative versions of Empty Mind I (2013-2014), for oboe, orchestra and electronics. The Royal Flemish Philharmonic plays under Edo de Waart and Martyn Brabbins and is joined by percussion player Pieterjan Vranckx and oboist Piet Van Bockstal as soloists.

Reviews

Henderickxís deep fascination with non-Western culture is apparent, not just in raga-like melodies, African drumming or metallic percussion, but also the layering of sounds. There are juxtapositions between delicately perfumed murmurings and incessant, whirligig textures, but this does not come across as musical tourism. ... the surround sound recording makes this a truly immersive experience.  Christopher Dingle
BBC Music Magazine July 2016
With its regular nods towards rock and jazz, too, and moments of reflection that will seem dreamy or queasy according to personal taste, Henderickxís music is certainly approachable, and the performances under Edo de Waart for At the Edge of the World and Martyn Brabbins for the other works, have an in-your-face vividness about them. Itís not music thatís easy to ignore. Andrew Clements

 

The Guardian 22 April 2016
Henderickxís deep fascination with non-Western culture is apparent, not just in raga-like melodies, African drumming or metallic percussion, but also the layering of sounds. There are juxtapositions between delicately perfumed murmurings and incessant, whirligig textures, but this does not come across as musical tourism. ... the surround sound recording makes this a truly immersive experience.  Christopher Dingle
BBC Music Magazine July 2016

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